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Remote Casita resides deep within the heart of the Chama Wilderness (the only privately-owned property in the area). Remote Casita, located on the site of an early 1900s homestead, is one of three vacation rentals we have in the canyon, with Anasazi Ruin Family Camp (exclusively designed for children and dogs) three miles away, and Ranch Casita four miles away. Remote Casita offers a more primitive wilderness experience than Ranch Casita; continuing up the canyon from Remote Casita you will find unparalleled solitude (see pictures).
Gallina Canyon Ranch has been featured in many national and regional magazines, including New Mexico magazine, The Santa Fean, Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset, and Martha Stewart Living.
o) Fresh water from a roof cachement system, dish soap and paper towels are provided.
o) We provide fresh drinking water: two 5-gallon containers and one 6-gallon.
o) A Queen Size bed with linens.
o) A picturesque kitchen and dining area.
o) A three-burner propane stove.
o) A propane barbecue grill.
o) A large outside deck.
o) An outhouse, with toilet paper.
o) French coffee press.
o) When available, we will provide eggs from our hens and produce from our garden.
o) An outdoor wood-burning stove with firewood.
o) 20 miles of peace, quiet, and privacy.
o) Dogs are welcomed at Remote Casita.
o) A 4-gallon solar shower bag, liquid bath soap provided.
o) No electricity.
o) A full-size refrigerator - freezer that makes ice.
o) Solar-powered flashlight.
o) Kerosene lamp.
o) Technology-free vacation.
o) Perfect for writers, photographers, artists, and people who want to 'get away from the world for awhile.'
o) Ideal for hiking enthusiasts.
Due to the 14 crossings of Rio Gallina required to get to Remote Casita, we take all visitors regardless of what type of vehicle they have, and their provisions in our truck. We will return you to the main ranch and your vehicle at the end of your stay.
Remote Casita is one large room, with a queen-size bed (linens provided), dining table, dining chairs, lounge chairs, small propane heater, and wood-burning stove (firewood provided). The full kitchen includes a medium size refrigerator - freezer, three-burner propane stove, cold water, and dining and cooking utensils.
There are tables and chairs outside on the deck; the deck is protected by a roof. A solar-heated shower bag is provided, as are bath towels and liquid soap. Remote Casita has an outdoor propane barbecue on the deck. We provide the propane, and also assorted BBQ tools such as a barbecue fork and wire brush. We provide toilet paper.
A hike through the canyon will reward the visitor with spectacular views of Northern New Mexico geology, wild flowers and wildlife. Cerulean skies and wooly white clouds are the norm most days of the year. We are at 6,515 feet elevation, and the sunlight can be intense: sunscreen and a hat is highly recommended for hikers, as are sturdy hiking boots and river-crossing shoes. Usually the days are warm and the nights are cool.
Rio Gallina is a seasonal river: there are no fish in the river.
o) Directions on how to get here are available on our main website (links below).
o) This is a hard-working cattle ranch. You may encounter cows, calves and horses, chickens and wild turkeys, elk and deer during your stay; they will peacefully ignore you if you peacefully ignore them.
o) The kitchen contains salt, pepper, sugar, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and various seasonings. Prior to your arrival you will wish to shop for all of your food, drink, and snacks for your entire stay.
o) Our rental Casitas are the only rentals within 20 miles of the Chama Wilderness. From Highway 84 you turn on to FS Road 151. Eight miles down the road is the bridge you will open and cross. Our ranch is another 8 miles from the bridge. If your vehicle has exceptionally low clearance we will meet you at the bridge and bring you in our truck to your Casita. (Example: Scion, Mini Cooper, Prius)
o) Please leave all gates as you find them.
o) Radios and cellular telephones do not work in the canyon.
o) If you plan on swimming in the pond or the Rio Chama, please bring a bathing suit. We will provide beach towels. You might also wish to bring water shoes.
o) We do not have cellular telephone access at our ranch. We have WiFi internet at the main ranch area, but not at Remote Casita. If you wish to check your email (with your your non-cellular mobile internet device), or go for a swim, you are welcome to bring a swim suit, picnic lunch, and dog if you have one and spend the day relaxing at the pond. We will supply iced tea and towels for your use. The walk to the swim pond from Remote Casita is about an hour and a half away (4 miles); you might wish to bring water shoes, as the road to the pond crosses the Rio Gallina drainage 14 times one-way. It is possible for Rio Gallina to flash flood: do not attempt to cross in times of flooding.
o) The ranch is a great place for amateur astronomers and stargazers: from our main website you may download a star map for the northern hemisphere to bring with you to the ranch.
o) For off-road hiking, long pants, hiking boots, river-crossing shoes, and insect repellent are recommended.
o) You may wish to bring slippers to wear inside Remote Casita, as the floor is tiled.
o) A topographic map of the canyon may be downloaded from our main website.
o) More pictures of Gallina Canyon Ranch are available on our 'More Images' page found on our main website (links below).
Please check our availability calendar before emailing. Tax is included in the rates. Our cancellation policy is based upon the number of days between when you cancel and your scheduled arrival date:
30 days or more: 100%; From 29 days to 8 days: 50%; Less than 8 days: 0%
Gallina Canyon is one of those "thin places" where all your false selves get stripped away and you recover what is truly authentic in yourself. The canyon offers:
magic (the song of elk bellowing their way up the stream at sunset and dropping an antler at river's bend);
wonder (a little arroyo opens into a large, cavernous space with purple walls and quartz growing out of the center);
mystery (a vortex of energy near some ancient kivas, unseen in spite of many searchings);
joy (ravens circling each other high overhead in a ritual of airborne mating);
surprise (a dandelion appears overnight after snow in the center of a cow pie);
danger (a violent thunderstorm explodes the middle of the night with lightening);
security (a fire in the woodstove cackles "All is well!" in spite of the wind buffeting the cabin), and;
the gift of time (the presence of the ancients who lived there centuries ago melds into pure leisure, reminding me that there is no more important work right now than being still and watching the light change over the sage bushes).
During my three week silence there, my old dog came into his second puppyhood, and I also became new. There we had everything we needed, and nothing was wasted. To those considering a sojourn there: Beware! You will be drawn into deep adventure!
There is a cattle trail that climbs 1,500 feet up to 8,000 foot Golondrino Mesa; this all-day hike is the trail that we use to move our cattle herd to their summer home up to the mesa. This hike is recommended for experienced hikers. There is a laminated topographic map of the canyon at this Casita.
Rio Gallina is spring-fed and offers many bank-side locations for picnicking. The river is seasonal, with dry spots and wet spots throughout the canyon.
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3 night minimum stay
|Notes||Please check our availability calendar before emailing. Tax is included in the rates. Our cancellation policy is based upon the number of days between when you cancel and your scheduled arrival date:
30 days or more: 100%; From 29 days to 8 days: 50%; Less than 8 days: 0%. If you paid using Paypal and then cancel, we will pay the Paypal transaction fee.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.